Lorraine Eason ~ 1920s Starlet

Lorraine Eason

Lorraine Eason was a beautiful silent film starlet who quit acting in 1928

She was born Lorraine Rebecca Eason on August 27, 1904 in Norfolk, Virginia. Her father, Lt. John Eason, worked for the government. The family lived in numerous places including Panama, New Hampshire, and New York City. Lorraine took dancing lessons when she was a child. In 1922 the eighteen year old was a runner-up in Photoplay's "New Faces" contest. The following year she made her film debut in the drama The Temple of Venus. Flo Ziegfeld offered her a featured role in his Ziegfeld Follies but she turned it down. Instead she danced in the chorus of Marilyn Miller's stage show Sunny. The talented brunette was chosen to attend Paramount Pictures "School For Stars" in 1925. She costarred with Wallace Beery in We're In The Navy Now and with Richard Talmadge in The Fighting Demon. Then she appeared in the Westerns The Grey Devil and Riders Of The Sand Storm.

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Lorraine was supposed to star in The King On Main Street but she was replaced by Bessie Love. F.B.O. Pictures signed her to a five year contract in 1926. She starred in a string of comedy shorts including Boys Will Be Girls, New Faces For Old, and The Beauty Parlor series with Thelma Hill. Unhappy with the roles she was being given she decided to quit acting. Her final film was the 1928 comedy Must We Marry. Lorraine married Detroit businessman Harry Elsner in 1928. They divorced a few years later. In 1933 she married Captain Harold A. White, an Olympic athlete and Army Intelligence officer. The couple, who never had children, moved to Georgia. They remained together until Harold's death in 1973. On October 24, 1986 Lorraine died from natural causes at the age of eighty-two. She is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Thomasville, Georgia.

Lorraine Eason

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